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“Be without fear in the face of your enemies, safeguard the helpless even if it leads to your death.”
“I will have my vengeance in this life or the next ”
Years before he set his sights on Kingdom of Heaven, Ridley Scott brought the old sword and sandal epics back to the big screen with Gladiator (check out some great similar movies here). Russell Crowe was the general who became a slave, and then a Gladiator who took on an emperor.
The result is one of those great popcorn-munching films that we all thought Hollywood had forgotten how to make.
“Fortune favours the bold”
This didn’t get much of a reception when it came out, which many put down to the fact either to the outrageous Irish accents or the homosexual undertone. For the record, there’s no undertone at all. This film couldn’t be camper if they broke out in song before each battle.
But it’s the best recreation of Alexander the Great we’ve seen yet, which is about time because if anyone was crying out for a good movie, it was him.
“Among our people we have a word for a warrior with the vision to be just”
Let’s take some time to mention Charlton Heston in full epic mode. Whether it’s Spartacus or this epic romp, a Sunday afternoon isn’t complete without one of these.
This is a biopic about the famous Spanish knight who defended Spain against the Moors. However, what everyone really remembers about this movie is the climactic final scene. In fact, fast forward through the rest of it and just watch the last half hour.
“The untold story that inspired a legend.”
Despite focusing on a popular mythical legend, King Arthur actually makes an attempt at historical accuracy here by portraying King Arthur – of Camelot and Sword in the Stone fame – as he might actually have been. Here, we see him as a centurion guarding Britain from the incoming Saxons during the dying days of the Roman empire.
It’s a great attempt to inject some realism into the legend, even if it’s a bit of a stretch to believe Keira Knightley could cut it as a Celtic warrior.
So, there’s enough to keep you going for a while, but once you get through that lot, why don’t you try some other movies like Kingdom of Heaven. They might not have the same roots in history, but they still shouldn’t be missed.
“One Ring to Rule them all…”
Even though this is set in a fictional world of Middle Earth, this has so much realism that you can be forgiven for thinking you’re watching the real thing.
We all know the story – a bunch of hobbits have some old jewellery that needs to be disposed of. They could just jump on an eagle and be done with the whole thing by tea time, but for reasons unknown to anyone, they decide to walk the whole way.
“Rise and rise again until lambs become lions”
This reimagining of Robin Hood went through a few iterations. For a start, we were initially going to see the Sheriff as the good guy and Robin Hood as possibly being the villain. In the end, what we got was a pretty conventional Robin Hood movie, even if he’s showing his age being played by Russell Crowe. Even so, this is a great movie as we see Robin take on King John, the French, and the Magna Carta all in one go.
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